In Ameritopia, quoting someone directly is now “hate speech”
At least, if you happen to be a San Francisco liberal, whose supposed commitment to “tolerance” often winds exposing you as a lying, fraudulent, bigoted hypocrite.
A controversy has been re-ignited this week as ten new ads go up on San Francisco Muni buses containing quotes used by terrorists.
“Killing Jews is worship that draws us closer to Allah,” reads one of the ads, which has people debating the line between free speech and hate speech.
“The purpose of our campaign is to show the reality of Jihad, the root causes of terrorism. Using the exact quotes and text that they use,” said Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Institute.
Several San Francisco city leaders, including District Attorney George Gascon, have condemned the campaign.
“San Francisco won’t tolerate Islamophobic bigotry,” said Gascon. “The only thing necessary for evil to prevail is for good people to look the other way and do nothing.”
And what Gascon has decided to do (having first determined himself to be a good person, and though I doubt he realizes it) is suggest that terrorism and Islam are one and the same, lest he wouldn’t be conflating “Islamophobic bigotry” with a battle to expose what it is Islamist terrorists believe, using their own words to illustrate it.
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu said the American Freedom Defense Initiative is made of “well-known hate extremists” and said he is introducing a resolution at Tuesday’s board meeting to denounce the ads.
“Well-known hate extremists”? Is that even English? Because it sounds like an attempt at one of those super-long compound German words. In which case, if that’s what he’s going for, I’d like to suggest he go with “well-known fringe hate extremists whose extremist hate fringes the outward fringes of extremist hate.” Just for emphasis.
Incidentally, it’s instructive to note that one becomes a “well-known hate extremist” having first been labeled “hate extremists” by progressives and un-indicted co-conspirators in Islamist terrorism cases, who then cite their myriad previous repetitions of the charge as proof that the “hate extremists” are indeed “well-known” to be such. It’s a kind of libelous tautology, but it’s one that passes intellectual muster among such types.
Geller said the ads were a response to another bus ad campaign earlier this year by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
That campaign sought to disassociate the word “jihad” with violence and reclaim its meaning as “the struggle,” which is a central tenet of Islam.
“They’re holding a press conference to denounce … my pointing out the truth,” she said. “The purpose of our ads is to show the purpose of
“I am merely using high-profile Muslims and their own words. How does that paint every Muslim with the same brush? I don’t understand that,” Geller said.
Because, dear, the truth must be tempered or kept hidden to protect the feelings of professional grievance groups. And there is nothing progressive politicians like more than to be seen as supportive of “victim groups” — provided those groups are somehow Other.
Sadly, I hear that even CPAC, which is featuring Jeb Bush this year, has been worn down and has adopted a similar posture.
Ironically, it is a self-described liberal commentator to the story who hits the nail directly on the head:
It’s ironic that it’s being labeled “hate speech,” since they are all quotes from “Islamic Scholars”. That is precisely the point that Geller’s organization is trying to point out. If George Gasgone means what he says, then he is on the wrong side of this conflict. Are my fellow Liberals really this clueless?
Unfortunately, it would seem so, yes.